5.21.2010

A Dead Pelican

Washes ashore.

How sad.

At the outset of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, I was willing to give BP some leeway; as a nation, we're dependent on oil, and until that changes, the risk of environmental damage - no matter how strenuous the regulations - is going to be in the mix when drilling on the technological frontier of what's possible.  As someone familiar with maritime law and the oil and gas work that is so intertwined with it here in Louisiana, I understand that offshore hydrocarbon ventures are not simple matters - and that things inevitably go wrong on occasion.  I looked hopefully toward a number of the creative solutions proposed to stop the leak, though.

But the attempted solutions, a month later, have not stanched the flow, and oil is now washing up on beaches all along the Louisiana coast after bringing the region's commercial fishing industry to its knees (likely destroying some oyster beds for years - and killing off wetlands that will further endanger the Louisiana coast).  And, what's more, it appears that in addition to failures by the MMS in inspection and enforcement, far more oil has been flowing out of the well than BP revealed.

I think the suggestion by some that "this will be the end of offshore drilling" is preposterous, but BP wore out my patience some time ago.

This is getting ridiculous.